Our solid prefinished hardwood flooring line includes four species: hickory, maple, red oak, and white oak. Here is more information about each species:
Hickory: Hickory is a domestic hardwood species known for its exceptional hardness and durability. Its affordability and resistance to dents and scratches make it a popular choice for homes with pets and children. It has a high Janka rating, indicating its ability to withstand scratches, and it maintains its appearance well over time. While hickory is resistant to wear and tear, it is prone to movement, so it is advisable to use narrow planks (four inches or less) to prevent excessive movement. In the event that your hickory floor does crack, increasing humidity can help to alleviate the issue.
Maple: Maple is a strong and stable flooring option that is resistant to movement. While it is not as hard as hickory, it is still a durable choice. To prevent movement in maple flooring, it is essential to maintain consistent humidity levels in the home. Maple has a unique grain pattern with both tight and soft grains, which can impact the way that stain adheres to the wood. Overall, maple is a reliable and attractive flooring choice that is suitable for a variety of settings.
Red Oak: Red oak is a widely popular and affordable wood species that is suitable for a range of flooring needs. While it may be lower in price compared to some other options, it still looks great and is able to withstand everyday wear and tear. Red oak has good stability and is less affected by changes in humidity than other species. However, it does have a lower Janka rating and may dent and ding more easily as a result. One of the standout features of red oak is its ability to take stain consistently, allowing for a wide range of coloring options. Overall, red oak is a practical and attractive flooring choice that is well-suited to a variety of settings.
White Oak: White oak is a widely used and well-respected flooring species known for its versatility and beauty. It is able to take stain consistently, resulting in a uniform look that showcases its natural grain patterns. White oak is also known for its beauty when stained, and it has a similar level of durability to red oak. Its resistance to movement allows it to handle wide planks up to five inches, making it suitable for a range of flooring needs. Overall, white oak is a reliable and attractive choice for those seeking a durable and versatile flooring material.
We strongly recommend choosing the plus grade for your solid prefinished hardwood flooring. While it may come at a higher cost, it offers superior quality and a better overall installation experience that makes it worth the investment. The plus grade offers longer lengths, more uniformity, and an overall more enjoyable installation process. In fact, we typically sell the majority of our prefinished hardwood flooring (70%) in plus grade. Please note that these are special grades that are not recognized by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA).